House Stenographer Snaps, Rants About Masons, During Late-Night Vote

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Oct. 17 2013 8:57 AM

House Stenographer Snaps, Rants About Masons, During Late-Night Vote

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It's a sad coda to the already fairly pathetic shutdown tale. During the vote that ended the crisis, a stenographer grabbed a microphone and ranted about Freemason control of the United States while staffers pulled her away.

"He will not be mocked," she said. "The greatest deception here, is that this is not one nation under God. It never was. Had it been ... the Constitution would not have been written by Free Masons and go against God. You cannot serve two masters. You cannot serve two masters. Praise be to God, Lord Jesus Christ."

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I noticed this news after former Rep. Bob Ney, who retired after the Jack Abramoff scandal, shared it with shocked followers on Facebook. "She really is a well respected person," he wrote. "She just snapped on the floor. I suppose in defense, if you had to listen to all that crap for years, you would snap!"

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.